Charlie Bear Makes it to TWO!

September 8, 2011 at 7:16 am 10 comments

A wonderful thing happened to me just over a week ago. Sunday August 28th was my Birthday.

Now, that might not be that much of a milestone for some. It’s just another birthday you might say. Everybody has them. Once a year they come around. But for me, I didn’t know if I’d get another birthday.

You see, when I was found by my rescuer Ryo, I had behavior she knew wouldn’t make it in a shelter. So she made the decision to ask a foster to take me in. So I went to a foster home where I exhibited the most incorrigible, outrageous, ostentatious behavior you have ever seen in a dog. Well, maybe you’ve seen worse, but to Sara and her husband, I came to be known as “Chucky,” that awful doll in that movie that turns into a terror.

And terror I was. Sara’s husband even called me unadoptable at one point. But Sara didn’t give up on me. She hired a behaviorist to help to manage me, she tirelessly trained me on her own day and night to try to get me to behave, she loved me and cuddled me (when I let her), all the while wondering if I would ever have a life like a normal dog.

I was just under a year the vet said when Sara fostered me. Four months I lived with her and then these new Peeps took me in. I’ve been here almost eleven months now. You won’t believe what they did.

Mom and Dad Peep sang Happy Birthday to me (they were pretty bad, but I’ll give them a B+ for effort). They gave me a brand new toy: a stuffed gray kitty cat with cute eyes that I like to carry around. And they put candles in the middle of tiny little pieces of cheesecake. After they lit the candles, wished me Happy Birthday again, and then helped me blow them out, they ate the cheesecake and gave me a yummy chicken treat.

At the end of my birthday, the day I never thought I would reach, I was tuckered out.  So I did what I like to do. I stuck my feet in the air and vegged. Happy Birthday to me!


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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan  |  September 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Woof, Woof, Wiggle, Wiggle ….means Glad you had a happy birthday, Charlie! I almost missed it! Saw you peep Mom’s post tonight and found out about it,,,
    Susan…and Rascal


    • 2. bjtaylorblog  |  September 9, 2011 at 5:20 am

      Rascal and Susan,

      Thanks for the Woofs and Wiggles for my birthday. Hope you both are having a great day!

      Charlie Bear


  • 3. Marsha Hubler  |  September 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Happy Birthday, dear Charlie Bear. Love your new pictures. And I’m so glad your Peeps loved you enough to be patient and give you a wonderful home.
    Love, Honey Bunny Hubler
    P.S. I’m almost 14, and, man, are my old bones feeling it!


    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  September 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      Honey Bunny,

      Old bones? Good meaty ones lying around anywhere? lol Just kidding. Sometimes I get really pooped out just walking around, so I know what you mean!

      Thanks for the happy birthday wishes. I appreciate it.

      Woofs & Wiggles to you,
      Charlie Bear


  • 5. writerheart1  |  September 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

    What a fun day you had, Charlie Bear! Happy birthday!

    So glad that you have had people who love you and help you be the loving dog they knew you could be!


    • 6. bjtaylorblog  |  September 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm


      Thank you for the birthday wishes! And I’ll tell Mom and Dad Peep what you said about them.

      Wiggles to you,
      Charlie Bear


  • 7. Lynn  |  September 8, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Wow, Charlie Bear, It sounds like you had a great birthday! I hope my Mom does something like that for my fourth birthday in December! (Well, she could leave out the singing part…) And I think you got the better deal getting the chicken treat. I mean, cheesecake is okay, but I’d always take chicken, paws down!

    Want to know a secret? We share an anniversary! I came to live with my Mom (and those dreadful cats) in my forever home in October of last year, too. We are both such lucky dogs!

    Your pal,


    • 8. bjtaylorblog  |  September 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm


      Happy 4th birthday to you coming up! And even better — Happy Anniversary in October too! I can’t believe we share a one-year forever home date! Cool! Yup, we are super lucky dogs.

      Woofs to you,
      Charlie Bear


  • 9. garmonjulie  |  September 8, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Happy Birthday, Charlie Bear. You have such an incredible new mom and dad. Oh, how they love you. Clyde says he’d like to have a turn playing with your new kitty.


    • 10. bjtaylorblog  |  September 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm


      Tell Clyde he can play with my new kitty…for a little while. Then I’d want it back. : )

      Thanks for the compliment to mom & dad. I got lucky when they picked me.

      Woofs & Wiggles,
      Charlie Bear



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